The City of Minneiska

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 Minneiska Local Government

City of Minneiska

Minutes

August 3, 2015


The Minneiska City Council Meeting was called to order by Mayor Scott Splittstoesser. Council members present were Mel Heaser, Bob Konkel, Mike Konkel and Mark Tibor. Also present were Steve Jacob, Dick Swanson, Gene Swanson and Dave Pries.


The minutes for the July 6th meeting were read. Mel motioned that the minutes be approved and Bob seconded. All approved.


The treasurer's report was read and bills were presented to the Council. The City net worth is $51,071.26. Mark motioned that the treasurer's report be approved and the bills paid and Mel seconded. All approved.


Steve Jacob, our County Commissioner, outlined some of the items that Winona County is considering and solicited input from the Council members. Steve also indicated that he would do some investigation into the lack of progress on Minneiska's boat landing.


Old Business


Boat landing: Work was discontinued after less than a week and the status of the project is unknown.

 

Mail voting: Winona County is not willing to support mail voting for the City of Minneiska for the 2016 election cycle. Since we need support from both counties - Wabasha and Winona - we will not be able to go to mail voting at this point.

 

Selling of vacant lots: Scott got with the attorney's office and got some information. Further review is necessary

 

New Business

 

Senator Matt Schmit, who represents the City of Minneiska at the state legislature, has been selected as a League of Minnesota Cities Legislator of Distinction for 2015.


Group Self Insured Accident Plan for City Volunteers: Mike motioned and Bob seconded that the City leave the coverage as is. All approved. Dave will handle.


Bob motioned and Mel seconded that the City accept Dick Swanson's resignation as the person responsible for issuing building permits and appoint Gene Swanson to handle the responsibility. All approved. The Council thanked Dick for his years of service handling this responsibility.


Local Government Aid from the State of Minnesota will be $4599.00 in 2016. This is a decrease of $597.00 from 2015.


Complaints received by Council members from city residents -

  1. Lawn not being maintained at 518 Bennett Ave (Knapp)

  2. Condition of the property at 416 Bennett Ave (O'Grady)

  3. Dog from 404 Bennett Ave (Gorder) running loose

  4. Weeds and trees growing into Krully Ave

Scott will address with property owners.


The City needs some new Christmas decorations and is looking for donations from City residents to help this cause.

 

Due to Labor Day being so late our September meeting will be August 31st.


Mark motioned that the meeting be adjourned and Bob seconded. All approved and the meeting was adjourned.

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David K. Pries, City Clerk


City of Minneiska

Minutes

July 6, 2015


The Minneiska City Council Meeting was called to order by Mayor Scott Splittstoesser. Council members present were Mel Heaser, Bob Konkel, Mike Konkel and Mark Tibor. Also present were Norm Allen, Howard Gorder, Ken Heaser and Dave Pries.


The minutes for the June 1st meeting were read. Mel motioned that the minutes be approved and Bob seconded. All approved.


The treasurer's report was read and bills were presented to the Council. The City net worth is $45,760.32. Mike motioned that the treasurer's report be approved and the bills paid and Bob seconded. All approved.


Old Business


Boat landing: Work is scheduled to begin on the landing on July 7th.

 

Water coming off Taylor Hill Drive: The parking curb has been installed.


New Business

SEMMCHRA has money available for first time home buyers. The information is posted on the bulletin board at the church or residents can get information by contacting Dave Pries at 458-7544.


Tax Levy for 2016: Bob motioned and Mark seconded that the City raise the levy by 5% which amounts to $609 for a total of $12,789. All approved.

 

The City is considering selling four vacant lots. Scott will contact our City Attorney, Peter Ekstrand, regarding this.


Howard Gorder expressed concern with parking on Bennett Avenue – especially commercial vehicles.

Bob motioned that the meeting be adjourned and Mel seconded. All approved and the meeting was adjourned.


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David K. Pries, City Clerk

 

 

City of Minneiska

Minutes

June 1, 2015

 

The Minneiska City Council Meeting was called to order by Mayor Scott Splittstoesser. Council members present were Mel Heaser, Bob Konkel, Mike Konkel and Mark Tibor. Also present were Jason Gilman, Winona County Director of Planning and Environmental Services, Senator Matt Schmit, Dan and Amy Konkel and Dave Pries.


Jason reviewed the County Comprehensive Plan and provided an update on issues within Winona County. Jason also took back the Council's frustration with Minneiska's unusable boat landing. Jason indicated that he will look into the situation.


Senator Schmit reviewed the recent legislative session and specifically addressed Minneiska's concern with getting funding for City streets. He also indicated that he will check into the lack of action on Minneiska's boat landing.


The minutes for the May 4th meeting were read. Mel motioned that the minutes be approved and Mark seconded. All approved.

 

The treasurer's report was read and bills were presented to the Council. The City net worth is $44,050.41. Mike motioned that the treasurer's report be approved and the bills paid and Mel seconded. All approved.


Old Business


County 25 (Bennett Avenue) redo: Bob motioned and Mark seconded that the City pass a resolution certifying the County plan for this project. All approved.


Boat landing: Hopefully with Jason and Senator Schmit being aware of the problem, something will get done. Complaints should continue to be directed to the DNR person responsible for the landing. His name is Craig Bloomer and his phone number is 507-285-7176.


Recycling: Jason Gilman indicated that he would check with Winona County representatives to see if there is anything that can be done.


Water coming off Taylor Hill Drive: Mark motioned and Bob seconded that the City purchase and install rubber parking curb to divert the water. All approved. The cost will be approximately $300. Mike will order and volunteers will install.

New Business

 

Worker's Comp Insurance: Mike motioned and Mark seconded that the City leave the coverage as it was last year. All approved. Dave will handle.

 

SMIF: Bob motioned and Mel seconded that the City donate $50 to the organization. All approved. Dave will handle.


Mike motioned and Mel seconded that the City continue to participate in the Adopt a Highway program. All approved. Ken will handle.


Mike motioned that the meeting be adjourned and Bob seconded. All approved and the meeting was adjourned.


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David K. Pries, City Clerk


 

City of Minneiska

Minutes

May 4, 2015

The Minneiska City Council Meeting was called to order by Mayor Scott Splittstoesser. Council members present were Mel Heaser, Bob Konkel, Mike Konkel and Mark Tibor. Also present were Bruce Barton from the Winona County Highway Department, Bill Heaser, Paul Drenckhahn, Lars and Judy Jorgenson, Jean Benike, Gerald Bentson and Dave Pries.

Bruce Barton explained the plans for redoing Bennett Ave (County Road 25) from Shell Hill Drive to the South entrance to Highway 61 and fielded questions from residents and offered solutions or follow ups.

Revenue alternatives needed to meet city obligations were discussed. Several options were discussed including licensing of vendors for special events, franchise fees for HBC and Xcel Energy customers and raising taxes.

The minutes for the April 6th meeting were read. Mel motioned that the minutes be approved and Bob seconded. All approved.

The treasurer's report was read and bills were presented to the Council. The City net worth is $44,370.98. Bob motioned that the treasurer's report be approved and the bills paid and Mike seconded. All approved.

Old Business

Boat landing: Complaints from multiple residents that the landing is basically unusable. The Council suggested that affected residents contact the DNR person responsible for the landing. His name is Craig Bloomer and his phone number is 507-285-7176.

New Business

Jean Benike requested that the Council investigate an alternative location for the recycling roll-off that is on her property.

Water coming off Taylor Hill Drive is running across Gene Swanson's lawn. Scott will look into diversion methods to eliminate the problem.

Bob motioned and Mark seconded that we accept Altura's ambulance contract. All approved.

Bob motioned that the meeting be adjourned and Mel seconded. All approved and the meeting was adjourned.

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David K. Pries, City Clerk

 

City of Minneiska

Minutes

April 6, 2015


The Minneiska City Council Meeting was called to order by Mayor Scott Splittstoesser. Council members present were Mel Heaser, Bob Konkel, Mike Konkel and Mark Tibor. Also present were Troy Drath and Bruce Barton from the Winona County Highway Department and Dave Pries.

 

Troy and Bruce explained the plans for redoing Bennett Ave (County Road 25) from Shell Hill Drive to the South entrance to Highway 61.


The minutes for the March 2nd meeting were read. Mark motioned that the minutes be approved and Mike seconded. All approved.


Bills were presented to the Council. Bob motioned that the bills be paid and Mark seconded. All approved.


Old Business


Jason Gilman, Winona County Director of Planning and Environment Services will be attending the June 1st Council meeting.


Street sweeping: Wigham Services have been contracted to do the cleaning prior to the Flood Run which is April 18th.


Board of Appeals: Notices have been posted and published. The Wabasha County meeting will be held from 9 AM till Noon on Monday the 13th of April in the Wabasha County Assessor's office in the Wabasha County Courthouse at 625 Jefferson Ave in Wabasha. The Winona County meeting will be held from 1 PM till 4 PM on Tuesday the 7th day of April in the Winona County Assessor's office in the Winona County Government Center at 177 Main St in Winona.


As part of the regular May City Council meeting, there will be a discussion regarding revenue alternatives in order to meet city obligations. All City residents are invited to attend. The meeting is May 4th starting at 7:00 PM.


New Business

 

Scott went to the State Capitol requesting money for city street improvements. There is work in process to allocate funds to small cities on an annual basis to use for road improvements.


Liquor License renewals: Mark motioned and Bob seconded that the City renew the licenses for Buck's Bar and Eagle View Bar & Grill. All approved.


The Minneiska City road cleanup will be Saturday April 25th. Anyone interested in helping should meet in the church parking lot at 8:00 AM. Breakfast will be provided at Eagle View upon completion. Dave will post.


Mel motioned that the meeting be adjourned and Bob seconded. All approved and the meeting was adjourned.

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David K. Pries, City Clerk


 

City of Minneiska

Minutes

March 2, 2015


The Minneiska City Council Meeting was called to order by Mayor Scott Splittstoesser. Council members present were Mel Heaser, Bob Konkel, Mike Konkel and Mark Tibor. Also present were Ken Heaser and Dave Pries.


The minutes for the January 5th meeting were read. Mike motioned that the minutes be approved and Mark seconded. All approved.


The treasurer's report was read and bills were presented to the Council. The City net worth is $49,254.68. Bob motioned that the treasurer's report be approved and the bills paid and Mel seconded. All approved.


Old Business


None.

 

New Business

Jason Gilman, Winona County Director of Planning and Environment Services, has requested an opportunity to address the Council to address the County Comprehensive Plan. Dave will invite him to attend any of our upcoming meetings.


Scott will get bids for Spring street sweeping.


Council members attended a meeting regarding our contracted fire protection and first responder services from the City of Rollingstone. Our contract has been extended for another year.

 

Board of Appeals: Since the City of Minneiska does not have anyone trained, our meetings for both counties will be Open Book meetings. Meetings for both counties will be held in April and the dates and times will be published and posted later in March.

As part of the regular May City Council meeting, there will be a discussion regarding revenue alternatives in order to meet city obligations. All City residents are invited to attend. The meeting is May 4th starting at 7:00 PM.


 

City of Minneiska

Minutes

January 5, 2015


Oaths of Office were completed for the recently elected officials - Mayor Scott Splittstoesser and Council Members Mel Heaser and Bob Konkel.

 

The Minneiska City Council Meeting was called to order by Mayor Scott Splittstoesser. Council members present were Mel Heaser, Bob Konkel, Mike Konkel and Mark Tibor. Also present were Steve Jacob, Ken Heaser and Dave Pries.

Winona County Commissioner Steve Jacob gave the Council an update and answered questions.

The minutes for the December 1st meeting were read. Mel motioned that the minutes be approved and Bob seconded. All approved.


The treasurer's report was read and bills were presented to the Council. The City net worth is $46,761.75. Bob motioned that the treasurer's report be approved and the bills paid and Mel seconded. All approved.


Old Business


Snowplowing: Still getting complaints about not enough sand/salt being used on hills. Scott has and will continue to address concerns with the contractor.


New Business


HBC informed the City that due to excessive cost increases WEAU-NBC and Antenna TV will no longer available as of December 31, 2014.


Bob motioned that the meeting be adjourned and Mark seconded. All approved and the meeting was adjourned.


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David K. Pries, City Clerk